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Today's News

  • Honor those who serve and protect

    It is a sad commentary on society when common criminals are elevated to celebrity status by virtue of their infamy, while heroes remain unsung.

    Police officers are true heroes and heroines of our still-mean streets across this nation. Those special persons who care enough to serve and protect do so at tremendous costs - both physical and emotional.

  • SCHS announces 'Student/Citizen of the Month' for March

    "Student of the Month" demonstrates exemplary academic excellence in their selected subjects.

  • Local man jailed for several thefts

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested in connection with several thefts, according to Detective Jason Rice with the Shelbyville Sheriff's Office.

    David Wayne Lockard, 29, of 68 Lovall Lane in Shelbyville, was arrested April 1 in connection with a residential burglary in which several appliances were taken on Easter Sunday.

    He has been charged with second-degree burglary in that incident. Also, Rice said that after his arrest, Lockard confessed to several thefts at Lowe's in January, which had been caught on video surveillance tape.

  • Set to change

    After 60 years of being "on the air," broadcast television as we now know it will soon come to an end. In hopes of providing viewers with better picture quality and a wider range of broadcast options, TV broadcasts will soon be completely digital.

    Robert Biagi, part owner of the Biagi Company in Shelbyville, said while the switch from analog to digital broadcasting will likely enhance the experience of TV viewing, it has caused quite a bit of confusion locally.

  • Restoring an American giant

    On a hillside patch of fescue and orchardgrass near Finchville, a group of volunteers are laboring to restore an American icon.

    One hole at a time, one hundred holes altogether, on one acre of ground, they are planting a breeding orchard for the American chestnut tree. The tree, once the dominant species of the eastern forest, is almost gone. Few people alive today have seen an American chestnut tree; even fewer remember when it reigned as the supreme tree of the forest. A blight that started in New York over 100 years ago wiped out the great chestnut forests.

  • Tax bills go on block Monday

    If you have procrastinated and have failed to pay your property tax bill, better hurry. The tax claims go on sale Monday and after that the bill could go a whole lot higher.

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong said between $500,000 and $600,000 in 2007 property taxes have not been paid in the county. On Monday at 10 a.m., he is authorized to sell 10 percent of those bills, which he will do at the courthouse.

  • Juveniles arrested in home vandalism

    Two teens were arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the vandalism of an empty home on Zaring Mill Road, according to Gene Witt, chief deputy at the Shelby County Sheriff's office.

    Witt said the pair, a male and female, ages 16 and 17, respectively, were charged with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

  • Budget waits on Beshear

    Both local members of the state legislature supported the $19 billion budget that was approved by the House and Senate late Wednesday night.

    The budget was sent to Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday and while he could line item veto certain objections, both Sen. Gary Tapp and Rep. Brad Montell expect him to approve the budget.

    The budget, which guides the state's spending for the next two years, levies no new taxes but cuts funding for higher education and human services.

  • Simpsonville to revamp park area

    The city of Simpsonville is hoping a new playground and picnic area will help draw children and families to their downtown area this summer.

    Simpsonville Parks and Rec. presented a budget Tuesday that included close to $40,000 for a building plan that will refurbish the current playground and add a pavilion for the use of families and communities groups.

    Kevin Garland, Simpsonville park director, said the playground and pavilion will provide a place for families "to have a nice picnic together."

  • Lady Rockets drill Eminence

    The Shelby County girls' softball team hammered out 13 hits in just 3 innings to whip visiting Eminence 16-0 in a run-rule shortened game Tuesday.

    SCHS head coach Kelly Cable said she challenged her team before the game.